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Britain’s chief rabbi on the Brit riots: Restore civil society (but that means less Dawkins)

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We’ve talked about the riots here.. They were especially shocking to many because they appeared largely unmotivated by any specific cause, which is not normal for human beings.

Jonathan Sacks, here:

There are large parts of Britain, Europe and even the United States where religion is a thing of the past and there is no counter-voice to the culture of buy it, spend it, wear it, flaunt it, because you’re worth it. The message is that morality is passé, conscience is for wimps, and the single overriding command is “Thou shalt not be found out.”

And when we are found out, we claim that we are evolved animals whose minds are an illusion and we have no control over our actions.

No wait, we are all too doped up for that; our betters claim it on our behalf, in the name of science.

The Chief Rabbi’s proposal, unfortunately for the Dawkins crowd, means – among other things – restoring traditional spirituality as a normal factor in people’s lives. (Here is the complaint to the BBC about his recent interview hatefest against religious people, and the bureaucracy’s “sod off” reaction to the complaint.)

The poignant photo accompanying the story says it all: A priest and an imam praying together in the Hackney rubble – and a rabbi telling it like it is – but it was not devout Christian or Muslim or Jewish youth who rioted …. Who did then?

And this closes UD News’s religious affairs coverage till next week.

If a Rabbi and a Iman are to have a influence despite being quite tiny minorities in the UK does it not bring up questioning of these groups having too much influence. A line of reasoning. I don't see hope coming from the old liberal establishment accepted identities. The problem is simply a unaggressive Evangelical and mainstream Protestant British people taking back their rightful status and influence relative to their energy. Christians have been told to "sod off' since WW11 in the UK. They submissively did. What made the British prevail over the world was extreme convictions on religion and then agreements on getting along. Christian belief and identity was double crossed in the agreements to not bother each other about religion. Yet religion was the origin of a better society and the attack on it the demise of society relative to where it should be. Just demand back ones place at the table. Robert Byers
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